Bewildered, Shocked, In Awe….Who’s that girl?
‘OH MY GOD’ this was all that was going through my head and out of my mouth (if I could hear) when I did my very first tandem skydive on the 4th February 2018.
Well, I think God heard me because I had the most incredible experience of my life. You see, I’m the one who thought there was no way I could do this. Me? the one terrified of heights and as my sister keeps reminding me ‘Sure you got scared upstairs on a double decker bus going uphill’. Yes, that WAS me.
But you see there is something profound that happens when you challenge your own beliefs about yourself.
You realise that those beliefs are not set in stone and can be changed, sometimes even in an instant. The only limits are the ones placed upon oneself.
And what a way to challenge ones beliefs by jumping out of a plane at 13,000 feet!
The experience itself happened so fast that I am still processing it and the impact it has had on me. I will probably be processing it for quite some time. As I write this it has only been 3 days. For now what I am feeling is an incredible sense of achievement, a renewed awe for life and a sense of the greater possibilities in my life.
I have been limiting myself for so long but this has freed me from those limits.
What occurred to me as I lay there awake that night after the day of the jump was, we are here to experience life and to be open to allowing every experience to change us in some way, expand our sense of who we are.
Whether that is in small ways or a profound ways it makes no difference, we are forever changed.
The person who went up in the plane was not the same person who landed back on the ground minutes later. And for that I am truly grateful.
And now the question I am left with………
Hmm, what’s the next adventure?
Thank you to all of the wonderful, brave people who jumped and who shared the experience with me on the day. Thank you to Susi Lodola, Jumping For Health Charity Skydive ,who organised the event to help raise money for the Irish Cancer Society
A special thank you to the person who made sure I was safe and had fun throughout the experience, Tandem Master Peter Breen, and Lukasz Kucharski who captured it all on camera. And to all at the Irish Parachute Club who were highly professional, and put us all at ease with a good dose of humour. After all it is the scariest and most unnatural thing to do but one hell of an experience. Thanks for allowing us to have this experience.
As you can tell, another side effect, I am so grateful for everything!
Jumping For Health Charity Skydive
Well Said, onwards and upwards
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Great article Anne and well done for overcoming your fear.” Fear” is something that stops us from living life to the full, and that skydive was the experience that made us all realise that life is not a rehearsal. xx
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